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New HMO legislation 1st October 2018 – are you ready?

September 25th, 2018

New HMO legislation confirmed for October 2018

The government has confirmed that there will be an extension of the licensing rules for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) and that all landlords covered by the rules must apply for a licence by 1st October 2018. Here is a brief summary of what you need to know.

The ‘three-storey rule’ has been removed. As of 1 October 2018, a property will be considered a HMO if it is occupied by more than four people and these people form two or more separate households. The requirement for it to cover three or more stories of a property has now been removed and it is estimated that this Change will mean that some 177,000 rental properties will now be classed as HMOs. Tenants may be considered to belong to separate households even if they have a joint tenancy agreement. For example, if a property was let to five students then it would probably be classed as a HMO even if the students took out a joint tenancy agreement. It is not always straightforward to determine whether or not a particular tenancy situation would require HMO licensing so landlords may want to Ask a lawyer (or get a HMO licence to be on the safe side if the costs are affordable).
The proposed 6-month grace period has been abandoned.
Properties which are already covered by an HMO licence will continue to be covered as before, but landlords of properties which require new licensing must apply for a licence by 1st October and in order to ensure that your application is granted (or at least to minimise the chances of it being refused), you will need to ensure that your property complies with local authority requirements.
You may need to update your mortgage lender and insurance policy.
If you have a mortgage and/or insurance which currently excludes HMOs then you will need to contact the relevant companies and work something out with them. Do not be tempted to skip this step and carry on as normal and just say you forgot if something happens, as it could land you in a lot of trouble. There is however, no need to panic as lenders and insurers both do good business with landlords and therefore it’s in their interests to find a reasonable way to address this situation.
The minimal-size rule has not been applied at this point
At this point in time, there is no centrally-applied minimum-size rule for rooms in HMOs, although some local authorities may have their own requirements. While the minimum-size rule has triggered widespread criticism, there may be an upside to it. If the government can be persuaded to set the minimum size at a national level rather than giving local authorities the ability to set their own rules, then landlords would at least have a level playing field and a degree of certainty as to where they stand.

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7 Ways to being a tidy student!

November 22nd, 2016

7 Ways to Being a Tidy Student

Heralded as ‘The best years I ever had’, starting university is both daunting and exciting at the same time. An opportunity that enables you to fly the nest into a new environment filled with other nervous fledglings, just like yourself to embrace the life of student living.  As you embark on starting the next stage of your life, naturally, you will have become accustomed to your belongings and the items you have accumulated over the years. But, you may need to think twice about how you are going to now store said items. So, in this ‘space’ I have included the top seven space saving tips to help you make the most of your experience at university without being dubbed  ‘a stereotypical student’.

Laundry Basket

Invest in a laundry basket so that your dirty clothes are stored away rather than strewn across your bedroom floor. Make sure that the basket is tall rather than wide to minimize valuable floor space. A tall woven white wash design will be easy on the eye and will brighten up your room.
Stationery Holder

T0 optimize your space, a standard pencil case may not cut it, but a stationery holder will organize your academic belongings into one neat and tidy display on your desk, which will be easily accessible when carrying out your studies.
Wall Space

In most cases, using blu-tack or pins on the walls of student rooms will be sure to get you in trouble with the accommodation office. The alternative in this case is to buy some 3M Command before setting off for University. This way, you will be able to put pictures on the walls, without taking up space on the window sill or your desk. Home inspired items such as fairly lights, bunting and sports memorabilia will have a place on your walls rather than taking up valuable surface space.

Door Space

Effective storage means making the most out of every inch of available space, even the back of your door. A door rack can house shoes, books, hair appliances and any other items that you would otherwise stash away in a drawer or on the floor of your wardrobe or underneath your desk or bed.

Hanger Connectors

Hanger connectors are a great way to create space in your wardrobe whilst still keeping a uniform and tidy look. Only use them if your wardrobe is tall enough to avoid your clothes dragging on the bottom of the wardrobe floor. If you do have a short wardrobe, use hanger connectors with clips, to clip up your longer items.

Bed Organisers

Bed organisers are a brilliant alternative to bedside tables, which would most likely take up too much space in your bedroom anyway. This little organiser can hold glasses, headphones, and other items like books, iPods and toiletries, right by the bed so they’re easy to reach.

John Lewis has clip-on options that will do the trick perfectly.

Storage Boxes

Piling your stuff in different areas of your bedroom, wherever you can find some space, will just look messy and will slowly drag your mood down, making academic work more of a struggle to carry out. Stacking the pile neatly into sensible storage boxes is the solution to this problem. Don’t be tempted to skimp on storage boxes – choose your sizes wisely and then take an hour or two to sort through all your possessions. By getting a system going your belongings will be stowed away in no time, leaving your room de-cluttered and organised.

Remember, your living space at university is precious, and you need to make sure that there is enough space for all of your academic work as well as making it a space to feel like a home from home environment. Make sure to take advantage of every inch of it. Be creative, yet innovative and make sure that your space is free from clutter in a personalized style.
 

 

 

 

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Now letting for the academic year commencing July 2015!

December 16th, 2014

Manchester Universities Students…

Railton-Meeks are now advertising their South Manchester students houses for the next academic year.  It certainly gets earlier and earlier!  Manchester Universities students are busy searching for their next property prior to the Christmas break.  At this stage in the year, it is true that all the good properties get snapped up!  It is true that the ‘Early bird catches the worm!’

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